Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Unconference

a Jesus thought...
He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise. (Luke 3:11)

a Godly thought...
An advantage in the formulation of Christian perfection as perfect love is that love can be expressed irrespective of maturity of performance, level of intelligence, or the limitations of personality flaws. (p179 Webb)

a leading thought... from Empowered Leaders by Hans Finzel
Leadership is a selfless journey that involves devoting yourself to a group of people to accomplish great things for the Lord that you could never do alone. (xviii, Finzel)

a Dave thought...
An unconference is a conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group of organizers, in advance. To date, the term is primarily in use in the geek community. Unconference processes like Open Space Technology, however, have been around for over 20 years in other contexts, for example in Future studies as Future workshops. There are also parallels with science-fiction fandom, in which a low-key convention with less structure, not focusing on professionals and guests of honor, is called a Relaxacon.
Open Space Technology is an energizing and emergent way to organize an agenda for a conference. Those coming to the event can post on a wiki ahead of time topics they want to present about or hope others will present about. The wiki can also be used to share who is coming because it is the attendees who have a passion to share that contribute to the event and will make it great.
With the 3 photos above I know which environment I would prefer, but we still seem to have a default setting for the top image, and even though we do some conferences with the feel of the bottom picture the agenda is still very much set by the organisers.
This is the first time I have come across a definition for this type of event and very interested in running an unconference for Salvos in 2008. I am interested in your thoughts or experiences, has anyone been to such an unconference before or would you like to?

Just a thought.

2 comments:

I Serve The Man With The Plan said...

Hi Dave,

I love the idea of an unconference. It's always great to hear what is going on around the place from others who are in similar situations. 'Experts' are great, but sometimes they are too far removed from what I'm doing to be relevant to my situation.

What are the chances of having a D.Y's unconfernece next year???

Sarah Eldridge said...

I think it's a great idea! :) I think often we go to conferences expecting something, yet come away knowing what we already knew! An unconference would help tackle that problem! :) Count me in for the unconference!